Hawai'i Association for Behavior Analysis

To educate, advocate for, and support both providers and consumers 
of Applied Behavior Analysis.


A Continuing Education Event:
HABA 2018 Post-Convention Half-Day Workshop

  • "How a Banana is the Same as a Grandma: Relational Frame Theory for Curriculum Design"

TITLE: How a Banana is the Same as a Grandma: Relational Frame Theory for Curriculum Design

DATE: September 29, 2018

TIME: 9 am - 1 pm HST

LOCATION: Hawaii Behavioral Health Office, Located at  1330 Ala Moana Blvd, Suite 1. Honolulu, HI 


Donny Newsome, PhD., BCBA-D

Kendra Newsome, PhD., BCBA-D

Timothy C. Fuller, PhD., BCBA

Tiffany, Aninao, M.S., BCBA

AFFILIATION: Fit Learning, Reno, Nevada


Relational Frame Theory is a behavioral, natural science approach to understanding the psychology of human language.  The body of empirical work underlying RFT is as robust as it is dense.  The language of ‘arbitrarily applicable derived relational responding’, ‘combinatorial entailment’ and ‘transformation of stimulus function’ can feel dauntingly unfamiliar, or even intractable, to many educators and behavioral practitioners.  Practical application of RFT, however, need not be so unwieldy.  This intermediate workshop will demonstrate the tremendous benefits attainable when RFT is brought to bear on the shaping of generalized verbal operant classes.  Additionally, we will share how a common-language understanding of this theoretical framework can give behaviorists and educators access to new instructional-design strategies to improve students’ ability to fluently relate to the world around them.


1. Participants will be able to speak about RFT in a common-sense, common-language way. Specifically, participants will be able to name at least 3 relational operants. 

2. Participants will be able to generate new ideas about how to apply RFT in teaching methods and instructional design. Specifically, they will be able to design programs to teach relational operants directly and write a script for concept instruction that includes prompts of mutual and combinatorial derived relations. 


$75 for members and/or convention attendees

$110 for non-members or those not attending the convention (You do not have to attend our two-day convention to attend this stand-alone event)

$5 off each participant when registering for 5 or more participants (See details in "Registration Info" below)

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BIO:  Dr. Kendra Newsome earned her PhD in 2010 from the University of Nevada, Reno.  She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) and a Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Nevada. She has served as the President for the Nevada Association for Behavior Analysis and is a former Co-President of the Standard Celeration Society. Dr. Newsome is a Founding Director and Owner of Fit Learning, Reno – a Precision Teaching Learning Laboratory that has served over 1,400 families since 2004. Dr. Newsome is a regular contributor to scientific and professional communities on learning science and evidence-based instruction. She and her colleagues have pursued inquiries into the role of language and relational flexibility in the establishment of complex academic repertoires. Her research initiatives include applications of Relational Frame Theory to education, the incorporation of Precision Teaching into Response to Intervention frameworks, and contextual analyses in clinical settings through the use of Standard Celeration Chart. Dr. Newsome has given numerous invited presentations and lectures on science-based approaches to education and serves as a consultant to individuals practicing Precision Teaching in the academic domain. Her professional actions are guided by the commitment to transform educational practices in the world so that all students have the opportunity to develop the kinds of skills and expertise that will allow them to make a difference in their communities and beyond.
BIO: Dr. Donny Newsome earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi and his PhD from the University of Nevada, Reno. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) and Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) in the State of Nevada where he is a Director at Fit Learning, a precision teaching center. Dr. Newsome is also a former Co-President of the Standard Celeration Society (SCS). As an Associate Consultant with Praxis2, he frequently provides advisement and educational services to global corporations in the energy industry. His research initiatives have focused on organizational behavior and educational technologies across various business sectors, including public utilities, universities, school districts, Fortune 100 companies and community service providers. As consultant and educator, he has been invited to share his expertise via presentations, workshops and university courses on a wide variety of socially relevant topics to a diversity of professional audiences. He has successfully developed and supervised dozens of teams of practitioners, researchers, community groups and organizational initiatives. The overarching value guiding Dr. Newsome’s work is contributing to the transformation of human well being through the science of teaching and learning.

Please email Kathleen Penland at President@hawaiiaba.org
with any questions or concerns. Mahalo!